BRISTOL, Va. --
The Union College softball team split an Appalachian Athletic Conference doubleheader at Virginia Intermont on Monday, winning game one, 2-1, in eight innings, then falling in game two, 9-1, in five innings.
With the split, Union moved to 17-6 overall, 5-3 in the AAC, while VI went to 13-17, 5-3 in the AAC with the results.
In game one, Union's Abby Sears
had the game winning hit in extras, as the Bulldogs captured a thrilling 2-1 win.
In the first five innings, the game was scoreless, as Sears, Union's starter in the pitching circle, and VI's Bailee Packett engaged in a fierce pitchers duel. In the sixth, however, Union finally broke through on Packett to take a 1-0 lead.
In the inning, Ashley Wojnowski
led things off with a single, then Gina Loflin
came up two batters later and knocked her home on an RBI double, giving the Lady Bulldogs a one-run lead after six.
The game remained that way into the bottom of the seventh, as Sears came back in to finish the game off. Virginia Intermont, however, had other ideas, as leadoff batter Chelsea Forney hit a solo home run to tie the game at one. Sears, however, came back to get the next three batters out, and the game went into extra innings.
In the top half of the eighth, and with international tie breaker rules in effect, Wojnowski was placed on second base. After Packett forced two ground outs to start the inning, Sears came up and helped her own cause, hitting a two out, RBI double. The extra base hit scored Wojnowski, and gave UC a one-run lead.
In the bottom half of the eighth, VI looked to rally back, as their lead-off batter started things off with a single, putting runners on first and third with no outs. Sears, however, finished things off, getting a fly out, and back-to-back swinging strikeouts to end the contest.
At the plate in game one, Sears was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Wojnowski was 1-for-4 with two runs scored. Sears' pitching performance was the pacesetter in the contest for UC, as she pushed her record on the year to 8-3 with the complete game win. In all, she pitched eight innings, giving up one run on five hits, while striking out nine. VI's Packett (5-5) was the hard luck loser in game one.
In the second game, VI came roaring back, taking a big early lead to coast past the Lady Bulldogs in an eight run, five inning victory to get the split.
In the bottom of the first, VI exploded for seven runs off of UC starter Katie Perkins
and reliever Rachel Cogdill
to take a 7-0 lead after one. The Lady Cobras led the game off with back-to-back solo home runs, then later in the inning hit a grand slam to go up by seven.
The deficit proved too much for the Lady Bulldogs to come back from, as they scored a lone run in the fourth, but VI scored two in the bottom of the fifth to end the game after five, earning an eight-run, AAC win.
Overall, Jamie Cyrus
was 2-for-2 at the plate, notching an RBI. UC starter Perkins (6-3) was the loser, only tossing two-thirds of an inning, giving up seven earned runs. For VI, Rachel Watts (6-7) earned a complete game victory for the Lady Cobras.
The Lady Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday, traveling to UVA-Wise. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.